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Canopy of Northwest Arkansas, the state's only resettlement agency began recieving Afghan evacuees in October of 2021. Joanna Krause, the agency's executive director, says they have onboarded at least one new arrival each week since then. 

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Pete Hartman speaks with Mariah Green who is the Volunteer Coordinator at Canopy NWA regarding the Canopy Supply Drive taking place this Saturday November 6 at the Fayetteville Public Library. Canopy NWA helps refugees settle into the community and this donation drive encourages community members to contribute items for Welcome Kits provided to refugees. More information on how to participate can be found at https://www.faylib.org/event/5718796 

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Pete Hartman speaks with Ana Hurley on the topic of a twelve week program providing entrepreneurship training for former refugees or immigrants within the NWA community. Ana Hurley describes the resources that Canopy will provide for participants not only during the program but also following the completion of the course. 

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Canopy of Northwest Arkansas, a local resettlement agency, is preparing to intake 49 Afghan refugees as soon as mid-October. Governor Asa Hutchinson announced last week that the state would receive nearly 100 evacuees from Afghanistan, the other half will be resettled in central Arkansas by Catholic Charities.  

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Canopy of Northwest Arkansas is readying to welcome a small number of Afghan families and Special Immigrant Visa holders in the wake the withdraw of U.S. forces from the country and subesquent Taliban takeover of the capital city. We also hear from an Afghan immigrant now living in northwest Arkansas. 

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The Biden Administration plans to reopen America to more international refugees seeking asylum from war-torn nations, as well as those fleeing political and religious persecution. That's after the Trump Administration vastly reduced their numbers. Joanna Krause, executive director of Fayetteville-based refugee resettlement agency Canopy NWA, says she and her staff have begun to prepare for more arrivals. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. 

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Forge Community Loan Fund, based in Huntsville, has partnered with refugee resettlement agency, Canopy Northwest Arkansas, to enable refugees to capitalize small business startups. We meet Canopy’s first Forge client, Eca Mukandama, a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo, who is opening an auto sales and repair shop in south Fayetteville.

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Canopy of Northwest Arkansas is the only agency in the state that provides resettlement and support services to refugees. Danielle Bennett, the organization's Youth Service Coordinator, discusses how the barriers to education for many student refugees are being exacerbated by the pandemic.

 

 

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Joanna Krause has been selected to replace Canopy Northwest Arkansas's founding executive director, Emily Crane Linn. An agency of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Canopy has resettled over 170 international refugees in Arkansas since the nonprofit was founded in 2016. Previously, Krause served as director of Canopy’s Integration Services. 

Canopy Northwest Arkansas, a refugee resettlement agency in Fayetteville, is offering summer English language learning courses to all K through 12 students called Canopy Summer Success Team. Class enrollment is underway. 

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